Reader KathyH brought up something in the comments about single issue voting, which got me interested.Â Â Just out of curiosity, how many of you folks are single issue voters?
I am not, generally, believe it or not.Â I’ve never voted for someone outright hostile to gun-rights, but I have voted for politicians who were less than staunch allies because I agreed with them on other things.Â Despite the fact that I think our senior senator, Arlen Specter, is batty and often annoying, I’ve consistently voted for him, because on a lot of other issues, I agree with him on.
I also voted against Rick Santorum, despite is strong support of gun rights, because while I’m willing to accept some token social conservatism, he took the issue to new and insane heights, and I thought he deserved to get kneecapped because of it.
My major issues tend to change from election cycle to election cycle, but 2008 presidential it’s shaping to be:
- Foreign Policy
- Supreme Court
- Smaller government
- Firearms Policy
I actually suspect 2008 won’t feature much gun control, so I think that issue could end up being off the table.Â It will come down to the other three.Â I can’t rank in any order, because it depends greatly on how much the candidate offends or supports each view.Â My support for Richardson over other Democrats reflects my desire to see gun control completely off the agenda, but that doesn’t mean I wouldn’t vote for Guiliani over Richardson, if Richardson proposed something like, pulling our of Iraq and leaving the field to Iran and Al-Qaeda.
I’m also very concerned with seeing judges appointed to the Supreme Court who follow what the law says, rather than what they wish it to be.Â I tend to agree more with Republicans on this issue than Democrats.Â Though I support keeping abortion legal, I don’t favor how the Supreme Court chose to go about doing it.Â So I don’t get quite that worked up as your averge Democrat when someone says they think Roe was wrongly decided.
Gun control ranks high in my political calculus, but it’s not overwhelmingly dominant.Â This means I will probably never vote for a candidate who is explicitly running on a campaign of gun control, but other things can offend me as well.